About Castlebridge Hospitality

Castlebridge Hospitality is a privately-owned hotel group that, following a successful merger with St James`s Hotel Group, sits within the Wylam and Somerston groups.

The combined operation has significant expertise, particularly in internationally branded hotels and an asset strength approach focused on maximising owners’ returns.

With over 20 years’ experience in developing, owning and operating both internationally and privately branded hotels in the UK and Europe, Castlebridge Hospitality provides the proficiency, competence and knowledge to manage all stages: from design and construction; to opening and operation; and asset management and even disposal.

Currently managing 694 bedrooms; and with a further 1,019 in development, Castlebridge Hospitality offers a full operational solution, involved from the beginning design phase and are able to implement the most effective systems and controls from opening, managing trading growth to quickly reach established trade and ultimately maximising owners’ long term returns.

A key focus is delivering exceptional and creative food and beverage concepts by sourcing the finest talent in the industry, such as working with joint owner of 1 Michelin starred Harwood Arms, Mike Robinson. This allows each restaurant/bar concept to shine as its own profitable business even when located in city centres saturated with F&B outlets.

Castlebridge Hospitality has a combined experience of over 100 years, with long term relationships with International brands.

The executive board have managed several hotel groups including: Somerston Hotels (Atlas Hotels), Zinnia Hotels, St James`s Hotel Group, Historic House Hotels, Parkdale Holdings, Regal Hotel Group plc, Hotel Apartments plc, The Scotsman Group and Forestdale Hotels.

Following an agreement with Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) Castlebridge Hospitality delivered successfully to roll out 15 properties within the Holiday Inn Express brand eventually growing it to 47 hotels before acquisition by Lonestar.

Castlebridge Hospitality recently opened Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon and Hotel Indigo Chester and is currently developing two further Hotel Indigos in Bath and Coventry to open in 2020 and 2021. Both Bath and Stratford upon Avon are flagship properties for IHG.

In 2017 we acquired a long lease from the Authority at Birmingham Airport to develop a 178 bedroom Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel started trading in Q3 2018 but was then sold on opening. Castlebridge Hospitality  now operate the hotel under a Management Agreement.

Our Values

Our Values are our guiding principles…

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We do the right thing


We respect one another


We take responsibility

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We are one team

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We are curious and always learning


We are adventurous and have fun

Our People

Our management team have more than 100 years worth of experience behind them in all areas of the hospitality industry.

They deal with operations, sales, marketing, revenue management, HR and have great links to many other areas as well as relationships with numerous international brands. 

Chris Byrd

Chris Byrd

Financial Director

Simon Hall

Simon Hall

Operations Director

Debbie Jarman

Debbie Jarman

Head of HR

Peter Bernstrom

Peter Bernstrom

Group Financial Controller

Penny Samuel

Penny Samuel

Group Revenue Manager

Kerry-Ann Markham

Kerry-Ann Markham

Head of Sales

Who we work with

Castlebridge Hospitality has built up and maintains great relationships with a number of international brands who we still work closely with. 

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Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) is one of the biggest hotel companies in the world.  Castlebridge Hospitality manage a number of IHG franchised hotels including Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn.

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Hilton boasts more than 5,000 properties and over  900,000 rooms in 113 countries worldwide. In 2018, Castlebridge Hospitality opened the 178 bedroom Hilton Garden Inn at Birmingham Airport. 

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Castlebridge Group

Castlebridge Group are our sister company and  development arm of the business. 

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The Woodsman

Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon has seen Executive Chef Mike Robinson bring his traditional approach to contemporary British cooking. A similar concept will be implemented at Hotel Indigo Bath as The Elder. 

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The Elder

Set to open in 2020, alongside Hotel Indigo Bath, will be Executive Chef Mike Robinson’s The Elder Restaurant. Mike’s sustainable field to fork dining will bring a menu that is wild at heart, yet refined.